Judge suspended on charge of failure to pay income taxes

    A central Pennsylvania district judge reinstated following a suspension for dismissing her own parking tickets has been suspended again for what authorities allege was failure to pay income taxes.

    LNP reports that the state’s Court of Judicial Discipline suspended Lancaster city judge Kelly Ballentine without pay on Friday, ruling that she violated her probation. The panel will decide a permanent penalty at a sanctions hearing.

    The state Board of Judicial Conduct accused Ballentine of not having paid state or federal income taxes between 2009 and 2013 and cited a prior conviction of conducting sales at her Lancaster store without a license.

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    Ballentine pleaded guilty in 2013 to tampering with public records in dismissing three parking tickets in December 2010 and January 2011. She was suspended for 16 months.

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